Just got home... What a ride! Is it the most sophisticated movie? No. Is it a blast? Absolutely! The characters gain definition as the movie progresses with out of this world personalities ranging from a sociopathic raccoon, to good natured lumber, to a revenge filled beast, to an assassin with "daddy issues", to a somewhat bumbling, intergalactic outlaw, with a deep fondness for 70's-80's hits... Phew... That was a mouthful. Great casting to fill these unique roles. You never got the feeling that anyone among the cast was dragging behind the rest.
I enjoyed the combination of witty and crude humor. Even if it leaned more towards the crude, the overall effect was funny. James Gunn had a pretty good vision for what he wanted the movie to be and he gave the audience a great introduction to the galactic side of Marvel, outside of Asgard.
The action was a lot of fun, but the sound design and post mix was a tad messy. Maybe it was the Atmos theatre with its new speakers that were harsh, but during a lot of the action, the overall feeling was tiring on my ears. Pretty good cinematography, even during the mayhem, where I had no trouble keeping up with what was going on. The CGI was seamless, especially for the foul-mouthed Rocket Racoon, who they managed to blend perfectly into the movie. On the 3D front, I enjoyed it for the most part. There were a lot of scenes that could have benefited from added depth, but it wasn't a bad experience. Not as good a conversion as Star Trek: Into Darkness, but definitely not a disgrace like Clash Of The Titans.
I can't wait for this wonderfully zany group of misfits to team up with The Avengers in The Avengers 3 (my guess, no official confirmation). Should be a good clash of egos and solid partnerships to take on Thanos when he shows up.
For those who have seen it:
I'm really excited for what's to come for the last phase of Marvel's brilliant master plan!